Feb. 20, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Navy intercollegaite sailing team kicked off its spring season with what was thought to be a trip to the warmer weather of Charleston, S.C., for the Charleston Spring Coed Interconference Regatta.
The event got off to a good start, as four races were sailed per division on Saturday morning in a nice 8-12 knot northerly under sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s. The Navy team started strong and held the overall lead heading into lunch.
After the break, however, a front came through and the weather changed dramatically. As the fleet was beginning the afternoon races, the rain began to fall, the wind increased to 25-35 knots, and the temperature dropped down into the 30s. After one wild race, the fleet was sent back to the dock and waited for the wind to calm down while snow flurries fell with the rain. Eventually, racing was called for the day.
On Sunday, it was still cold (34 degrees when we left the dock) and still windy (20-30 knots all day), but at least the skies were clear and the committee sailed one fleet at a time for three more races per division until the event was called in the early afternoon.
Navy performed well in the variety of conditions and finished third overall in the 18-team regatta. Mary Hall, Glenn McKenna and Phil Youngberg placed third in A division while Michael Popp, Chelsea Smith and Connor Hendi were third in B.
Another group of Midshipmen sailed in even colder conditions at the Quad Scrimmage in Norfolk, Va., this weekend. While there are no official scores to report for this event reports are that Navy's squad had a strong showing and should be well prepared for our team-racing events to start next week. Taylor Vann, Devin Laviano, Michael Grove, Jocelynn Knudsen, Alex Asuncion and Megan Hough participated in the scrimmage.
# GO NAVY #